In a culture so obsessed with youth, I can’t deny that I feel totally tickled when a beautician, or a complete stranger, thinks I’m 25 or 26. But with as a 30 year old beauty editor, I’m much more concerned with how my skin feels on a given day, or rather how it reacts to crazy combinations. environment (hello, cold temperatures), stress levels (I need a nap) and new products I’m testing (have you seen the TZR Beauty Awards?). My hydrating skin care routine is what I go back to in the winter when my skin is most prone to inflammation, which can show up as breakouts, dryness, redness, itchiness, or just a common irritation. often.

So, what have I learned in my nearly decade as a good skincare junkie? Well, to keep your moisture barrier strong (it’s the top layer of skin that prevents transepidermal water loss and prevents bad bacteria) you have to find the right product to suit your unique skin needs. me. But in winter, the general theme for an effective skincare routine is usually: some humectant to attract and hold water in your skin and an emollient to soften skin and lock in all the moisture. That’s a good moisturizer. If you’re an eczema sufferer (I have it on my hands and wrists, no shame), throw in an ingredient with better moisturizing properties for extremely severe dryness ( but often causes breakouts, which means it can clog your pores. , and should be used sparingly).

I lost you? Don’t worry – I’m sharing my step-by-step process below. If you’re also worried about keeping your skin hydrated all the way to spring, without losing a single blemish, these products have my dedicated endorsement to make it happen.

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1. Gentle cleanser

I know that cleansers with active ingredients (especially acids) are all the rage right now, but I’m a big supporter of formulas that don’t remove makeup year-round, and especially in winter. Even if you don’t have dry skin like I do, you want to retain as much of that natural oil as possible at this time of year, which is why gentle ingredients (like chamomile and powdered ingredients). colloidal oats) is very special.

I clean in the morning and at night, but if you have a lot of irritation, a little water in the AM is enough. And if you’re wearing makeup, I’d first remove it with a makeup remover, such as micellar water or an oil cleanser (this Pai pick is my go-to) and then do a 60-second cleanse and face. Massage. These four recipes are my absolute favorites.

2. Moisturizing essence

With an essence, some people may take it or leave it, but I consider it non-negotiable to add much-needed moisture to my skin. After cleansing and drying with a towel, I put 2-3 shakes in the palm of my hand and gently apply to my face, neck, and chest. If you use an HA serum (we’re getting there, I promise), this will help pull that water in and leave you with a dewy glow. I cycle between these options year-round, but add an extra shake or two in the winter to really take care of my parched skin.

3. Eye cream

Yes, I believe in eye creams, and I have since I was a teenager. Even without the harsh winter weather, that delicate, delicate skin still needs a little extra care and love, both to moisturize and to help prevent premature lines and wrinkles. That’s where my trusty eye creams come from. I promise you, it’s an extra step to prevent irritation.

4. Brightening Vitamin C Serum

For a concentrated dose of powerful skin care ingredients, a serum is your best bet. I’m still battling the effects of summer sun exposure (read: dark spots) and melasma from the hormonal IUD, so vitamin C was the go-to option to even out skin tone. my skin color. I tend to stick with one option in this category to see how well it actually works, but I’ve scoured the bottom of all these recipes and can vouch for its effectiveness. they.

5. Moisturizing Treatment Serum

In winter, adding more moisturizing ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, squalane, and glycerin, through the serum not only keeps my skin soft and supple, but it also helps reduce inflammation. If you’re budgeting for your beauty shopping, I’d go with a serum to save a bit — but you don’t have to break the bank to find a formula that works, either. These four dishes have been my routine for many years and I always keep them with me when the weather turns cold.

6. Creamy moisturizer

Even if you’re not in the mood to do multiple steps after washing your face (I get it – skin care is a commitment), a quality moisturizer is a must during winter. I’ve tested dozens of options and trust me, not all face creams are created equal. Added moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, argan oil and omega-6 make these formulas thicker (but not greasy or too heavy) and better suited to fight the elements – like wind chill and radiators dehumidify your apartment. I go back to these four options season after season for both morning and night (some luxurious, some more affordable, all high quality).

If you feel like you want or need another layer of moisturizer, I usually top any formula I’m using with my favorite Le Prunier Plum Oil (the ingredient that helps lock in moisture).

7. Sunscreen

Hopefully, by now, you’ve accepted that daily SPF is important to your skin’s health. Not only is it your best defense against skin cancer, it’s also the most effective anti-aging products in your beauty arsenal. There’s absolutely no reason to spend top dollar on products that claim to prevent premature aging if you’re not willing to wear sunscreen every day. Harsh but true, guys. Take the time to find a formula that works for your skin, blends in with makeup and feels comfortable on your face, neck and chest – never sticky or irritated. Yes, there’s a lot of talk about the benefits of physical versus chemical sunscreen, but at the end of the day, the best SPF is the one you’re willing to use – cyclically.

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